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Brabants powers into canoe final

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Video - Brabants powers through first heat

British canoeist Tim Brabants booked his place in the men's K1 1000m final in style at the Shunyi Olympic park.

Brabants, 31, powered over the course to finish first in a time of three minutes 27.828 seconds, well ahead of his rivals, in the opening heat.

The first place finish means Brabants qualifies for Friday's final and will not have to contest a semi-final.

The Sydney bronze medallist from Chertsey, Surrey, goes in Tuesday's K1 (individual kayak) 500m heats.

Some people said it looked easy but it is never easy in an Olympic Games

Tim Brabants
Brabants' main rival in Beijing, Canadian 26-year-old Adam van Koeverden, won the second heat in a slightly slower time.

Van Koeverden, 2004 Olympic champion in the K1 500m event, coasted over the line in a time of 3:29.622 for the longer course, two seconds outside Brabants, and will also progress directly to the final.

"It was comfortable rather than easy," said Brabants.

"Some people said it looked easy but it is never easy in an Olympic Games when you have other world class athletes there.

"It went exactly to plan. I knew I was strong enough to win that heat with the idea of going straight to the final.

"That is a big advantage because tomorrow I've got the 500m heats and it will give me a day of rest before the 500m semi, which is going to be hard on Thursday."

Lucy Wainwright, in the women's K1 500m heats, and the K2 500m pair of Anna Hemmings and Jessica Walker all compete for Britain on Tuesday.


Canoe/Kayak Flatwater Racing medals table

Sunday, 24 August 2008 10:17 UK
Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 also show each event results forGermany 2 2 3 7
Canoe Double (C2) 1000m Men 0 1 0
Canoe Double(C2) 500m Men 0 0 1
Kayak Double (K2) 1000m Men 1 0 0
Kayak Double (K2) 500m Men 0 1 0
Kayak Four (K4) 1000m Men 0 0 1
Kayak Four (K4) 500m Women 1 0 0
Kayak Single (K1) 500m Women 0 0 1
2 also show each event results forHungary 2 1 1 4
Canoe Double (C2) 1000m Men 0 0 1
Canoe Single (C1) 1000m Men 1 0 0
Kayak Double (K2) 500m Women 1 0 0
Kayak Four (K4) 500m Women 0 1 0
3 also show each event results forBelarus 2 0 1 3
Canoe Double (C2) 1000m Men 1 0 0
Kayak Double (K2) 500m Men 0 0 1
Kayak Four (K4) 1000m Men 1 0 0
4 also show each event results forSpain 1 2 0 3
Canoe Single (C1) 1000m Men 0 1 0
Canoe Single (C1) 500m Men 0 1 0
Kayak Double (K2) 500m Men 1 0 0
5 also show each event results forRussia 1 1 0 2
Canoe Double(C2) 500m Men 0 1 0
Canoe Single (C1) 500m Men 1 0 0
6 also show each event results forAustralia 1 0 2 3
Kayak Four (K4) 500m Women 0 0 1
Kayak Single (K1) 1000m Men 0 0 1
Kayak Single (K1) 500m Men 1 0 0
7 also show each event results forGreat Britain 1 0 1 2
Kayak Single (K1) 1000m Men 1 0 0
Kayak Single (K1) 500m Men 0 0 1
8 also show each event results forUkraine 1 0 1 2
Canoe Single (C1) 500m Men 0 0 1
Kayak Single (K1) 500m Women 1 0 0
9 also show each event results forChina 1 0 0 1
Canoe Double(C2) 500m Men 1 0 0
10 also show each event results forCanada 0 1 1 2
Canoe Single (C1) 1000m Men 0 0 1
Kayak Single (K1) 500m Men 0 1 0
11 also show each event results forItaly 0 1 1 2
Kayak Double (K2) 1000m Men 0 0 1
Kayak Single (K1) 500m Women 0 1 0
12 also show each event results forDenmark 0 1 0 1
Kayak Double (K2) 1000m Men 0 1 0
13 also show each event results forNorway 0 1 0 1
Kayak Single (K1) 1000m Men 0 1 0
14 also show each event results forPoland 0 1 0 1
Kayak Double (K2) 500m Women 0 1 0
15 also show each event results forSlovakia 0 1 0 1
Kayak Four (K4) 1000m Men 0 1 0
16 also show each event results forFrance 0 0 1 1
Kayak Double (K2) 500m Women 0 0 1

Canoe/Kayak Slalom medals table

Sunday, 24 August 2008 10:17 UK
Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 also show each event results forSlovakia 3 0 0 3
Canoe Double (C2) Men 1 0 0
Canoe Single (C1) Men 1 0 0
Kayak (K1) Women 1 0 0
2 also show each event results forGermany 1 0 0 1
Kayak (K1) Men 1 0 0
3 also show each event results forAustralia 0 1 1 2
Canoe Single (C1) Men 0 0 1
Kayak (K1) Women 0 1 0
4 also show each event results forCzech Republic 0 1 0 1
Canoe Double (C2) Men 0 1 0
5 also show each event results forFrance 0 1 0 1
Kayak (K1) Men 0 1 0
6 also show each event results forGreat Britain 0 1 0 1
Canoe Single (C1) Men 0 1 0
7 also show each event results forAustria 0 0 1 1
Kayak (K1) Women 0 0 1
8 also show each event results forRussia 0 0 1 1
Canoe Double (C2) Men 0 0 1
9 also show each event results forTogo 0 0 1 1
Kayak (K1) Men 0 0 1

see also
Brabants heads GB flatwater team
18 Jun 08 |  Canoeing
British canoeists' golden glint
03 Aug 08 |  Canoeing
Hemmings into Olympic qualifiers
05 May 08 |  Canoeing
Slalom kayak with Helen Reeves
23 May 08 |  Canoeing


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